Clitheroe couple celebrate marriage with folk dances

Simon and Robynn are pictured celebrating their marriage in traditional dance at Clitheroe Castle. G300711/1b
Simon and Robynn are pictured celebrating their marriage in traditional dance at Clitheroe Castle. G300711/1b
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TRADITIONAL folk dances were held in Clitheroe to celebrate the wedding of Robynne Parker and Simon Wood.

The day after their wedding, the couple took part in folk dances at Clitheroe Castle and the town’s market.

Simon (37), who is a member of Stone The Crows – a well-established Leyland-based group of ordinary men and women who share a passion for English traditional dance, said he met Robynne, who is a member of The Lancashire Wallopers, a clog dancing group, at a festival.

He said: “We had both been dancing for years with our groups and although we knew each other because of our ceileidh dancing performances at various events, we met quite frequently at Intervarsity Folk Festivals around the country.”

As well as Stone The Crows and The Lancashire Wallopers, the newlyweds were joined by Regency Rejigged – a group of dancers performing dances popular from the 17th century to the Jane Austen period, in Regency style costume; Crown Rapper and clog dancing by members of Rossendale Heritage. Simon said it was a fantastic atmosphere, with glorious sunshine and a good time was had by all.

Robynne, who works as a secondary school geography teacher, is the daughter of Ian and Cath Parker, of Colne.

Her bridegroom is an IT consultant for Fujitsu, and is the son of Malcolm and Linda Wood, of Poulton-le-Fylde.

The bride was given away by her father and had two dresses – one for her wedding day, held at Slaidburn Village Hall, and another for the celebratory dances.

She was attended by Natalie Wood and Kate Martin, who wore purple prom-style dresses. The best man was the bridegroom’s brother, Kevin, and the pageboy was the bridegroom’s nephew, James Wood.

The wedding ceremony, conducted by Lancashire County Council registrars, was followed by a reception at Slaidburn Village Hall.

The couple enjoyed a honeymoon touring the Canadian Rockies and a cruise up the inside passage to Alaska.